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The 19 strangest gadgets

From USB hand warmers to a spy pen

Take a walk on tech's wild side with some of the strangest, most original, and most bizarre gadgets you've ever seen. We've got vacuums for your lawn, swimwear that can charge your iPod, and grenades that don't explode but still go boom.

Control your PlayStation with massage

Does your significant other complain that you pay too much attention to video games and not enough to him or her?

Why not take care of your digital and physical worlds at once with the Massage Me video game controller?

Massage Me is a soft, flexible vest with a video game controller built into the back that translates massage moves into video-game commands.

The thing is, you can't buy Massage Me off the shelves. Instead, Massage Me creators Mika Satomi and Hannah Perner-Wilson would love to see people making their own Massage Me vests at home.

So if you're the adventurous type, check out this handy online do-it-yourself guide showing you how to make the Massage Me vest, plus a custom cable and plug to connect the vest to the machine, and how to hack the PS controller.

Massage Me was originally designed to work with a hacked PSOne gamepad, but Perner-Wilson told me the vest will also work with other consoles and games that use the same controllers - some PlayStation 2 games, for example, will work with a PSOne Dual Shock gamepad.

The Massage Me creators also say on their website that you could probably adapt their methods to hack the controllers of other gaming consoles.

EyeSeeCam

You definitely won't go unnoticed with this device strapped to your head. Researchers at the University of Munich Hospital have developed the EyeSeeCam, which lets you control head-mounted cameras just by moving your eyes.

A doctor could use this device to film an operation for teaching purposes, or video game developers could use it to create an even more realistic first-person shooter or sports game.

The craziest part is that the EyeSeeCam will record video on to almost any laptop with a 6pin FireWire port.

The EyeSeeCam is currently being sold to the University of Munich Hospital's research partners for €25,000 (about £22,700) each.

Dr Erich Schneider, who heads up the EyeSeeCam project, said a smaller version of EyeSeeCam is in the works for other research groups and companies.

Schneider wouldn't say how much this version would cost or what it would do, but believes the price tag will be north of €25,000.

Though that sounds like a lot, we're told it compares well with classical (and technically much simpler) head-mounted eye trackers.

Image credit and more info: AFP BBNews


NEXT PAGE: The LED umbrella

  1. From USB hard warmers to a spy pen
  2. Massage and play computer games at the same time
  3. The LED umbrella
  4. The solar bikini
  5. The self-propelled suitcase
  6. LCD belt buckle
  7. Power pooper scooper
  8. Sonic grenade
  9. Spy camera pen
  10. warming gloves


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